CS apartment is located in an area on the south side of Trento, in a newly built terrace house. It’s surrounded by apple orchards and few one storey single family houses of recent construction. The furnishing project concerns the living area and the sleeping one, both set on the same floor, the first one, and the relax area, set in the loft. The project is designed to satisfy the clients’ needs: the family with two little children wanted a space which had to be both comfortable and designed to combine contemporary custom made furniture with old style pieces, found in antique stores or vintage markets.
Architects: Burnazzi Feltrin Architetti
2014 – 2017
Team: Elisa Burnazzi, Davide Feltrin
Photos: Carlo Baroni
The living room and the kitchen blend seamlessly and the dining table works as a link between them, furthermore the table is sided towards the apartment’s best view, the one with the sliding windows and the terrace on the background. The staircase is an exception: not only it’s build as a part of the kitchen, it has both the same shapes and materials, but also focuses the view towards the loft and in doing so the volume articulation of this piece of furniture becomes the hub of the house. The loft, well lighted, is the place in which the family can relax, moreover in the back it has an area assigned to shelter the plants during the winter season.
The custom made furniture, efficient and flexible, is intentionally minimal in order to adapt to the several family’s needs and to best relate with the furnishings already owned by the clients and with the ones they will buy in the future.
The design idea was inspired by the surrounding agricultural landscape: the “warm” materials such as wood stand in for the nature, they are used for the living room and kitchen furniture and for the staircase, instead cold materials, such as resins with a gray brown shade, are used for the floors. Walls are painted white. Starting from the floor and going up towards the ceiling, the colours become lighter: from the gray brown floor, to the furniture made with all-wood oiled larch, to the wall units to last with the white walls and ceilings. Both the furniture, bought in shops, and the textiles have a Scandinavian design, a timeless design which contributes to link the contemporary to the vintage style.
The lightning design revolves around the use of few LED track lighting fixtures, recessed from the line of the ceiling: they “wash” the walls whit light and create an “abstract” atmosphere. The only exception, on which the gaze is going to focus, is a rise and fall pendant light suspended above the dining table, it’s flexible and adjustable to every situation, from lunch with relatives to buffet dinner party to kids’ party.
Davide Feltrin and Elisa Burnazzi, partner in work and in life, are driven by a passion for architecture as a creative act.
After working with leading architects, in 2003 they founded the firm Burnazzi Feltrin Architects, giving life to a strong collaboration made possible by a continuous and free comparison between the ideas and experiences of the two designers. The results reveal their inclination to paying extreme attention to every single detail, besides the purely architectural aspect, thus trespassing into high quality design.
Although young, the signature Burnazzi Feltrin Architects has won many awards, both national and international, and their works are published in prestigious books, by editors such as Phaidon, and magazines such as The Architectural Review, Domus and Arketipo.
In 2010 they were finalists for the Renzo Piano Foundation Prize for Young Talent and in 2011 cowinners for LineaGiarch – Projects of Young Italian Architects. In 2012 they participated in the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2016 they were selected for the international exhibition Wood 2016, Iconic Awards 2016 and of the German Design Award 2017. In 2018 their project Multi-aged community centre in Poggio Picenze has been chosen for Arcipelago Italia, the Italian Pavilion exhibitions at the Venice Biennale 16th International Architecture Exhibition.
In 2016 Elisa has been the only Italian shortlisted for the international award “Women in Architecture – Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture” and she has been listed, the only Italian designer with Lina Bo Bardi among the best 15 women architect by Archidaily.
According to Burnazzi Feltrin Architects’ thought to carry out an architectural project not only do we have to build, but we have to build something extraordinary, able to touch people’s feelings. The architecture reaches its full purpose when it makes people feel good, when appreciating or living that architectural building makes them feel comfortable and welcomed. A good architect knows how to use space and light, makes the materials “sing” and leads the users through a journey in which they can discover a thousand different things. Through architecture and the spaces created by the designers, users can connect with themselves, with their body, emotions and memories. As architects we try to give an answer to those emotional needs with our work: as for us, we don’t design only with our mind but also with our heart. As building specialists, we should not be frightened to face emotions or not being professional enough. The most beautiful buildings of all eras, those that are truly remembered and never go out of style, are the ones able to resonate with our emotions and to communicate soundly with our being.